The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is designed to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math. The test consists of multiple-choice questions and an optional essay section. The reading section measures the student’s ability to read and understand complex texts, while the writing and language section tests the student’s ability to edit and improve written passages. The math section covers a range of mathematical concepts, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
Going forward the SAT will be online, and students are required to take the test online digitally. Only Students with approved accommodation can take Digital SAT on paper. SAT Paper Test is a non-adaptive test, meaning that all test-takers receive the same set of questions, regardless of their abilities or previous answers.
Difference between the traditional current SAT Test and New SAT Linear (non-adaptive) test:
The new SAT Linear (Non-Adaptive) test is shorter than the current one. The number of questions is also less than the current test. The below table shows the major differences between the SAT 2023 Linear(non-Adaptive) test and the Current SAT test.
Difference between the New SAT Linear (non-adaptive) test and the current traditional SAT linear test.
|New SAT Linear (Non-Adaptive)||Traditional Current SAT|
|Time||2 hours 44 minutes||3 hours 15 minutes|
|Total Number of Questions||120||154|
|Exam Sections||2 main sections Reading/Writing and Math. Each section has 2 sub-section called Modules. Module 1 and Module 2||It has 3 individual sections Reading, Writing, and Math.|
|Questions each section||Reading/writing = 66 Math = 54||Evidence-based Reading Writing = 96 Math = 58|
|Subject Scale Score||200-800||200-800|
|Total Scale Score||400–1600||400-1600|
Structure of the New SAT Linear (non-adaptive) test:
The total number of questions will be divided into 2 sets of questions called Modules. Each module’s time will be between 32 – 35 minutes. If the students have requested special time accommodation, the time will differ. This is how the structure of the New SAT Linear (non-adaptive) is designed.
Structure of the SAT Non-Adaptive Test
|Category||Reading and Writing (RW) Section||Math Section|
|Format||Reading and Writing section administered via two separately timed modules R/W Module 1 and R/W Module2||Math section administered via two separately timed modules Math Module1 Math Module2|
|Test length||RW Module 1: 33 Questions RW Module 2: 33 Questions||Math Module 1: 27 Questions Math Module 2: 27 Questions|
|Time per stage||1st module: 32 minutes 2nd module: 32 minutes||1st module: 35 minutes 2nd module: 35 minutes|
|Question Type||Multiple-choice||Multiple-choice and Student Produced Responses.|
Question Categories details of Test:
The questions in the Reading and Writing section fall into four content domains. Information and Ideas, Crafts and Structure, Expression, and Standard English Conventions. The questions in the Math section also fall into four content Domains. Algebra, Advanced Math, Problem-solving and Data Analysis, and Geometry.
Reading/Writing Content Domain.
|Content Domain Sequence||Description||Skill/Knowledge Testing Points||Operational Question Distribution|